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When a Board Fires a President Who Fired a Provost

The Chronicle - Administration - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:55am
The leadership shake-up at Temple University, where the Board of Trustees is moving to dismiss Neil D. Theobald, is a story of shifting blame and questions of financial mismanagement.
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Talking Over the Racial Divide

The Chronicle - Administration - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:55am
How much can a half-semester course shift a lifetime of experience?
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The Lessons of Brexit for the Humanities

The Chronicle - Opinion - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 5:00am
Professors may think they can no longer live within their universities. But they certainly cannot live outside them.
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How the Shooting in Dallas Turned a College Into a Crime Scene

The Chronicle - Administration - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:55am
New details reveal a clearer timeline of what happened after the man suspected of killing five police officers burst into a building at El Centro College.
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The U. of Missouri Press Almost Closed 4 Years Ago. Here’s How It Bounced Back.

The Chronicle - Faculty - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:55am
Aided by a public outcry, the publisher thwarted a plan to shut it down. It’s now on firmer footing, but like other university presses, it is still weathering the challenges of a shifting market.
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When the President of the United States Writes an Article in Your Journal

The Chronicle - Faculty - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:47am
How do you edit Barack Obama? The Chronicle spoke to the editor in chief of a journal that published the president’s article on the future of health-care reform on Monday.
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Article on Bias in Police Shootings Misconstrued Research Findings

The Chronicle - Opinion - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:36pm
A “muddy” relationship is quite different from a “spurious” relationship.
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As Police Responded to the Orlando Shooting, Some Students Were Along for the Ride

The Chronicle - Administration - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:55am
A handful of exchange students happened to be shadowing officers who reacted to last month’s massacre. They weren’t at the scene, but they heard it play out in real time. Here, their program’s U.S. director describes what they witnessed.
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In a Time of Tension, Universities Craft New Free-Speech Policies

The Chronicle - Administration - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:55am
After a year of highly publicized protests against racism on campuses, colleges must decide this summer what the balance between free speech and public order will look like in the coming academic year.
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As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

The Chronicle - Faculty - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:55am
Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billions of dollars.
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College Campuses Are Being Overrun by Pokémon Go

The Chronicle - Administration - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:40am
A new game spinning off the ’90s kids’ card-game phenomenon has students exploring their campuses through new eyes — their smartphones. College officials are trying to keep up.
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No Need for Trump to Specify He Attended Wharton as an Undergrad

The Chronicle - Opinion - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:44pm
Both programs are prestigious, with the undergrad program probably slightly edging out the graduate program.
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Combatting Sexual Harassment Doesn't Make One a Vigilante

The Chronicle - Opinion - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:25pm
We should dispense with the notion that one needs to be a “vigilante” or an “activist” to refuse to turn a blind eye to illegal and unethical behavior.
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Sharon Robinson to Join NCEE Webcast for New Elementary Education Report

News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:24am

A new report on international approaches to developing elementary teachers will be released next week at a webcast event featuring AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson. Register at this link to tune in for the event, which will be held Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EDT.

The report, Not So Elementary: Primary School Teacher Quality in Top-Performing Education Systems, is authored by Australian researcher Ben Jensen on behalf of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). It looks at international practices in elementary teacher preparation and their effects on student achievement. Recommendations for U.S. policy and practice are included.

During the webcast, Robinson will join other teacher preparation experts on a panel discussing how lessons from the top performers might be applied in this country:

  • Marc Tucker, President and CEO, NCEE (moderator)
  • Ben Jensen, CEO, Learning First (report author)
  • Sharon Robinson, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Lee Shulman, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and President Emeritus, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Gary Sykes, Senior Research Director, Understanding Teaching Quality Center, Educational Testing Service, and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University

In addition to viewing the webcast through the link above, you can follow the conversation on Twitter at #NotSoElementary.

Sustainable Funding for Teacher Residencies—Within Reach?

News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:22am

Ask any new teacher what part of their preparation was most important, and the answer will almost always be the final clinical component—the student teaching, internship, or residency experience. But while everyone seems to agree that high-quality clinical experience is critical to high-quality preparation, a persistent set of challenges have stood in the way of widespread implementation: identifying excellent clinical faculty, providing adequate time in clinical placements, and helping candidates, particularly those of limited means, navigate the full-time demands of unpaid student teaching or internships.

In recent years, several externally funded boutique programs have emerged, providing evidence of the benefit of intensive, full-year, paid, coteaching residencies. Still, while they have offered proof of the concept, broader replication has been cost-prohibitive. A new report from Bank Street College’s Sustainable Funding Project offers a new approach to overcoming the challenges and making funded residencies much more widely available. That report, For the Public Good: Quality Preparation for Every Teacher, deserves serious consideration in conversations between educator preparation programs and their PK-12 partners.

The benefits of yearlong funded residencies accrue widely. Candidates benefit from experiencing the whole school year, start to finish, while working with an experienced mentor. And they can afford it—a stipend erases the opportunity costs and lets them avoid after-school shifts working another job to make ends meet. All parties—the candidate, the cooperating or mentor teacher, and the class of PK-12 students—gain from the coteaching model. Students benefit from the doubling of qualified instructional staff supporting their learning, while the mentor coteacher gains valuable professional development. And where multiple residents are placed in one building, the benefits to the school as a whole are multiplied from overall professional growth and the enriched instructional environment. What’s more, teachers prepared in longer clinical placements tend to persist in the profession; given the high cost of teacher turnover, particularly in our hardest-to-staff schools, the economic case is as solid as the educational one.

Even if the benefits are clear, the up-front financial cost still deters many. The new report, as well as a recent op-ed by its authors in the New York Times, argues that establishing yearlong funded residencies is often more affordable than we might think. While acknowledging that the easiest solution would be a commitment of federal funds (as other countries have, and as ours has in the case of medical education—something Ron Thorpe once articulated in a well-argued Kappan article), a very good start could be made, and the benefits proven, by cleverly redirecting existing funding streams.

For example, a school that housed five or six residents in coteaching placements for a year might use a significant portion of its substitute teacher budget, using each of the residents (or their coteachers) a day a week to fill in—with less instructional disruption than is often the case with a substitute unfamiliar with the school. Some categories of the Every Student Succeeds Act funds could be used as well, either directly for the residency program, or by using residents to accomplish enhanced instruction.

Absent a federally coordinated push to fund teacher residencies more broadly, the opportunity lies with states, local preparation programs, and their district partners to experiment with this promising model.

Video: Adapting in Tough Times

The Chronicle - Administration - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:59am
Allison Garrett, president of Emporia State University, in Kansas, talks about how her institution is dealing with a challenging state budget.
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Flagships Must Create New Models to Preserve the Public Good

The Chronicle - Opinion - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:55am
America built its economic strength and political vitality on the backs of its public universities. What will it take to sustain them?
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When Does a Student-Affairs Official Cross the Line?

The Chronicle - Administration - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:55am
In a time of protest and recrimination, balancing the goals of students and an institution can be perilous. The University of Missouri found that out when a student-life administrator turned up in a viral video.
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What’s Next for College Students Who Backed Bernie

The Chronicle - Administration - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:55am
With Sen. Bernie Sanders expected to bow out of the presidential race on Tuesday, campus activists who supported him are divided on Hillary Clinton and remain focused on broad political change.
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1997: Professor, You’ve Been Scammed

The Chronicle - Administration - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:33pm
A fast talker posing as a well-known sports sociologist bilked dozens of scholars out of more than $200,000.
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